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Supine


SUPI'NE, adjective [Latin supinus.] Lying on the back, or with the face upward; opposed to prone.

1. Leaning backward; or inclining with exposure to the sun.

If the vine

On rising ground be plac'd on hills supine--

2. Negligent; heedless; indolent; thoughtless; inattentive.

He became pusillanimous and supine and openly exposed to any temptation.

These men suffer by their supine credulity.

SU'PINE, noun [Latin supinum.] In grammar, a word formed from a verb, or a modification of a verb.